Previous Events

This is the diary of previous special events, courses, field trips and holidays.

The background colour of the date is used to show different types of meeting. Green is used for BDS and BDS Local Group organised field meetings and events, Blue where the BDS will have a stand or speaker(s), but is not responsible for the event itself (please follow any given links for further details) and Yellow for other dragonfly events. These last are listed for information only, using information as it was provided to us. The BDS is not directly involved in these events and therefore all details are solely under the control of the individual event organisers. We suggest you contact these organisers direct or follow the given links to confirm details.

  • Saturday 21st July
    Woolmer Pond, Cranmer Bottom Pond and Cranmer Flash, Hants

    Event:

    Dragonflies on the ranges

    Contact:

    Bill Wain 01420 472329; on the day: David Hepper 07768 452365

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:30 at the car park off the A325 at SU 7852 3196

    Requirements:

    Lunch, binoculars, wellies or walking boots

    Additional Info:

    All these sites are on MoD ranges near Bordon. No loos. Expect to see a wide range of heathland species and raptors especially hobbies.
    Caution! We have a booking with the MoD but there is a slim possibility that the ranges will be shut due to unscheduled army exercises. Please check the BDS Web Site for emergency changes to our plans for the day.
    An open meeting of the Hants, Surrey, Berks Group.

  • Saturday 21st July 2012
    River Hertford, North / East Yorkshire boundary

    Event:

    Beautiful and Banded Demoiselles on the River Hertford

    Contact:

    Keith Gittens, 07968 840623

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at Hay Bridge north of Ganton off the A64, SE979789 - 10.00am

    Requirements:

    Bring packed lunch, binoculars and wear appropriate footwear.

    Additional Info:

    In conjunction with the Cayton & Flixton Wetlands Project and the YNU.  As well as looking at the River Hertford for Beautiful and Banded Demoiselle, a number of farmland ponds will be investigated.

  • Sunday 22nd July 2012
    Morden Bog, Wareham, Dorset

    Event:

    Dragonfly Walk

    Contact:

    Tel: 01202 694113

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    The small car park at SY9232 9039  Grid Ref:  SY9232 9039  Time 10.30am   

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    A gentle 5+ mile trek along gravel tracks around the bog, taking in a series of interesting ponds. With good weather, we should find between 9 & 14 species. Bring footwear for walking and wet bits plus a picnic lunch and a drink plus close-focus binocs if you have them.  Walk led by Adrian Bicker.

  • Sunday 22nd July 2012
    Gwydyr Forest, Snowdonia

    Event:

    Snowdonian dragons and damsels

    Contact:

    Allan Brandon, 01492 651066 allan@rowenconwy.wanadoo.co.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Mine car park NGR SH 773 589 at 10.15 am.

    Requirements:

    Please bring a packed lunch. Wellington boots are strongly recommended. There won’t be much walking involved but some of it will be across boggy, hummocky terrain. Dogs are not encouraged. Close-focussing binoculars will be useful.

    Additional Info:

    Field trip to the Gwydyr Forest, a Joint meeting of the Clwyd Birders, Mold NWWT Group and British Dragonfly Society. The aim of the trip is to acquaint wildlife enthusiasts with the dragonflies and damselflies, both common and rare, which inhabit the bogs and lakes of Snowdonia. We will first visit Cors Bodgynydd, in particular Llyn Tyn-y-Mynydd, to see the typical bog species, including Keeled Skimmer and Black Darter, and one of our rarest damsels, the Scarce Blue-tailed. The nearby small reservoir of Bodgynydd Bach should offer a range of more open water species and a chance to see the stream-breeding dragonfly, the Common Golden Ringed Dragonfly. We then move to explore a privately owned Llanrhychwyn lake.

  • Saturday 28th July 2012
    Kineton, Warwickshire

    Event:

    Defence Munitions,  Kineton, Warwickshire

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email:  peter@reeve60.org.uk. Contact number on the day only:  0790064079.

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.45 for 11.00am. Details of where to meet will be supplied after registration.

    Requirements:

    It is essential to register with the leader at least 10 days before the date of the visit.  Attendee names and car registration numbers must be supplied.  Bring strong footwear and a packed lunch.

    Additional Info:
  • Saturday 28th July 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly larva identification - advanced

    Contact:

    Contact: For more information or to book please ring 01733 204286, or you can e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    The aim of the course is for participants to further their dragonfly larva ID skills and gain a deeper understanding of the anatomy, physiology and ecology of this important stage in the life-cycle. The course consists of classroom work, one-to-one guidance and fieldwork looking at habitats, larvae, and exuviae. PLEASE NOTE You must book for the courses we offer as the number of places is necessarily limited - so please book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.  Course led by Henry Curry and Henry Stanier
    Lunch: There is an excellent café adjacent to our special classroom, but feel free to bring your own packed lunch and drinks
    Price: the cost of each course is £30.00
    Booking: for more information or to book please ring 01733 204286, or you can e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

  • Saturday 28th July 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Safari

    Contact:

    The Dragonfly Project www.dragonflyproject.org.uk or ring 01733 204286, or e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Booking is not required, but please give us a call if you have a group of more than 10 people..
    Our Dragonfly Safaris are all about finding out more about dragonflies.
    How to find them How to identify them Where do they live? What do they eat? What eats them? Where do they lay their eggs? How long do they live? What is a larva? What does a larva eat?
    A Safari lasts about two hours, during which we'll take you to some of the best spots around Wicken Fen to see dragonflies. We'll show you what dragonflies are there and help you to identify them. For the last half-hour, in the Wren Building, we'll give a demonstration of their underwater life with live dragonfly larvae shown through a microscope and TV screen.

  • Sunday 29th July
    Wicken Fen NNR, Lode Lane, Wicken, Cambs

    Event:

    Dragonfly Day at Wicken Fen

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:

    Lots of activities on offer from the BDS, Dragonfly Project and National Trust throughout the day including walks, larva feeding demonstrations, making model dragonflies, pond dipping and lots more. Join us from 10am on-wards in the Dragonfly Centre and out on the reserve.
    Charges may apply for the reserve and some activities.

    Additional Info:
  • Sunday 29th July 2012
    Smallhanger, SW Dartmoor, Devon

    Event:

    Dragonflies on Dartmoor

    Contact:

    Dave Smallshire Tel: 01626 853393; Email davesmalls@btinternet.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:00 a.m. by the ford at Drakeland Corner (SX572589), finishing early afternoon.  Best reached from the A38, taking the B4316 turn-off to Plympton, heading first towards Sparkwell then Hemerdon; Drakelands lies at the end of the no through road beyond Hemerdon.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    A joint Devon Group/Devonshire Association meeting. A wide range of species at this threatened site, including Small Red and Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies, Common Hawker, Keeled Skimmer, Black Darter and maybe Red-veined Darter and Fairy Shrimp.

  • Sunday 29th July 2012
    Boltby Forest, North Yorkshire

    Event:

    Boltby Forest and Boltby Reservoir

    Contact:

    Keith Gittens, 07968 840623

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Meet at the entrance to Boltby Forest Drive were parking is possible, SE502872 - 10.30am

    Requirements:

    Bring packed lunch, binoculars and wear appropriate footwear.

    Additional Info:

    Joint meeting with the Cleveland Naturalists Field Club. A walk to investigate some recently dug ponds in Boltby Forest and Boltby Reservoir.

  • Sunday 29th July 2012
    Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve, Lancashire

    Event:

    Dragonfly walk

    Contact:

    Phil Smith Email philsmith1941@tiscali.co.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    13.00 hrs Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale-on-Sea (SD297127). Turn left from Shore Road just before the beach entrance.  About 1.5km walk from Ainsdale Station (phone 01704 872596 to organise pick-up from station).  Access to a gated carpark will be arranged.

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    We will visit one of the best areas for dragonflies on the Sefton Coast. High probability of Ruddy Darter and Emerald Damselfly, etc. Extremely rich flora will compensate if adverse weather conditions
    prevail. 
    Total walking distance about 3km (2 miles). Undulating terrain with rabbit-holes. Walking boots recommended.

  • Saturday 4th August 2012
    Fauldhouse Ponds, near Motherwell

    Event:

    A joint meeting with the Wildlife Information Centre

    Contact:

    Pat Batty  tel 01546605316 e-mail dragonflybatty@gmail.com

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10:30am Lanrigg Road, entrance to track on west side of B7010 at NS93646146.

    Requirements:

    Boots/Wellies lunch colander, plastic spoon midge repellent, expect some rough ground      

    Additional Info:

    Possible visit to Lovenseat Quarries (NS940584) to record in NS75   

  • Saturday 11th August 2012
    Strensall Common, York, North Yorkshire

    Event:

    Dragonflies of Strensall Common

    Contact:

    Keith Gittens, 07968 840623

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Car park by cattle grid, Lords Moor Lane, SE649612 - 10.00am

    Requirements:

    Bring packed lunch, binoculars and wear appropriate footwear.

    Additional Info:

    Joint meeting with the Ryedale Natural History Society. The walk will cover part of the MOD training area, the emphasis will be on dragonflies but a wide variety of lowland heath flora and fauna are possible including Marsh Gentian, Adder and Wood Lark.

  • Saturday 11th August 2012
    Ryton Pools Country Park, Warwickshire

    Event:

    A break from the Olympics!

    Contact:

    Peter Reeve (01926 632400) email: peter@reeve60.org.uk. Contact number on the day only: 0790064079

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    10.15 for 10.30am start in the car park by the café and interpretive centre (SP373724). Note, there is a charge for car parking at Ryton (currently £2.50). For map see: http://warwickshire-dragonflies.org.uk/wdg/meetings.php

    Requirements:

    Good paths but bring strong footwear and a packed lunch

    Additional Info:

    The Rangers want to survey of the dragonfly fauna at Ryton Pools. To date 15 species have been recorded here. Come and help the survey and, hopefully find a new species for Ryton, the Small Red-eyed Damselfly.

  • Fri 17th - Sun19th August 2012
    Rutland Water

    Event:

    British Birdwatching Fair

    Contact Email:
    Meet:
    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Come and visit us on the joint British Dragonfly Society and Dragonfly Project stand at this hugely popular event. You will need a whole day, if not more, to visit all the marquees. Various wildlife talks and other events take place on site throughout the entire weekend. For more details please see the official Birdfair website at www.birdfair.org.uk

  • Sunday 19th August 2012
    Highfield Moss, Golborne, Lancashire

    Event:

    Dragonfly walk

    Contact:

    Phil Smith  Email: philsmith1941@tiscali.co.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    11.00hrs at beginning of public footpath on A572, 400m west of junction with A573, adjacent to a large pub carpark (SJ609963)

    Requirements:

    Stout walking-boots or wellingtons desirable. Total walking distance about 3km (2 miles)

    Additional Info:

    Highfield Moss SSSI is arguably the finest remaining example of a lowland peat-bog in the region and is a proposed Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. Good chance of seeing large numbers of Black Darter and also
    Common Hawker etc. High botanical interest includes Marsh Gentian in its last vice-county locality.

  • Saturday 25th August 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Safari

    Contact:

    The Dragonfly Project www.dragonflyproject.org.uk or ring 01733 204286, or e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Booking is not required, but please give us a call if you have a group of more than 10 people..
    Our Dragonfly Safaris are all about finding out more about dragonflies.
    How to find them How to identify them Where do they live? What do they eat? What eats them? Where do they lay their eggs? How long do they live? What is a larva? What does a larva eat?
    A Safari lasts about two hours, during which we'll take you to some of the best spots around Wicken Fen to see dragonflies. We'll show you what dragonflies are there and help you to identify them. For the last half-hour, in the Wren Building, we'll give a demonstration of their underwater life with live dragonfly larvae shown through a microscope and TV screen.

  • Saturday 25th August 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Introducing the Dragonfly

    Contact:

    For more information or to book please ring 01733 204286, or you can e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Specifically designed for the beginner, this very popular course includes dragonfly biology, ecology and identification, and a field tour of dragonfly habitats on site. (also on Saturday 25th August 2012) PLEASE NOTE You must book for the courses we offer as the number of places is necessarily limited - so please book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.  Course led by Ruary Mackenzie Dodds
    Price: the cost of each course is £30.00
    Times: 10am - 5pm
    Lunch: There is an excellent café adjacent to our special classroom, but feel free to bring your own packed lunch and drinks

  • Sunday 26th August 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Safari

    Contact:

    The Dragonfly Project www.dragonflyproject.org.uk or ring 01733 204286, or e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Booking is not required, but please give us a call if you have a group of more than 10 people..
    Our Dragonfly Safaris are all about finding out more about dragonflies.
    How to find them How to identify them Where do they live? What do they eat? What eats them? Where do they lay their eggs? How long do they live? What is a larva? What does a larva eat?
    A Safari lasts about two hours, during which we'll take you to some of the best spots around Wicken Fen to see dragonflies. We'll show you what dragonflies are there and help you to identify them. For the last half-hour, in the Wren Building, we'll give a demonstration of their underwater life with live dragonfly larvae shown through a microscope and TV screen.

  • Monday 27th August 2012
    Dragonfly Centre, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

    Event:

    Dragonfly Safari

    Contact:

    The Dragonfly Project www.dragonflyproject.org.uk or ring 01733 204286, or e-mail courses@dragonflyproject.org.uk

    Contact Email:
    Meet:

    Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

    Requirements:
    Additional Info:

    Booking is not required, but please give us a call if you have a group of more than 10 people..
    Our Dragonfly Safaris are all about finding out more about dragonflies.
    How to find them How to identify them Where do they live? What do they eat? What eats them? Where do they lay their eggs? How long do they live? What is a larva? What does a larva eat?
    A Safari lasts about two hours, during which we'll take you to some of the best spots around Wicken Fen to see dragonflies. We'll show you what dragonflies are there and help you to identify them. For the last half-hour, in the Wren Building, we'll give a demonstration of their underwater life with live dragonfly larvae shown through a microscope and TV screen.

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